My surgery consisted of only a few terms I can remember: Laminectomy, Diskectomy, spinal fusion (arthrodesis), bone growth stimulator, back hardware and all of this was for 2 ruptured discs at L-4, L-5 and S-1.
I could only allow 2 weeks of recovery post-op because I had only 2 weeks of vacation at my job. If I went any longer, bills wouldnt have gotten paid. I was able to ease into it fairly well. I went to work for 4 or 5 hours the first day and a little longer each day after. But since I have a desk job, I figured, I was going to be doing the same thing at home as at work (messing around on the pc), so I might as well get paid for it.
After 18 months, I had to get my hardware removed due to pain that never went away, I was back to work 3 days after I got out of the hospital after that last one. I noticed immediately that with my hardware out, I had a much greater range of movement. With my hardware, it was fairly tough to put on socks and wash my feet in the shower, or even trim my toenails. Not to mention the paperwork associated with going to the restroom was difficult. But now I am fine.
After almost 4 yrs post op, pain continues tho. I have mentioned on here already that I am one of the lucky ones that continue to have debilitating pain. MRI scans show Epidural Fibrosis according to one opinion.
Now that I think of it, my pre-op pain still exists and is only getting worse...eventhough I did see the need for my operation because of the x-rays showing the problems with my discs but I am just now getting to the point that I think that maybe they operated on another symptom but my original pain generator is still present. I think I need to go to my 4th dr now for another opinion.